My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books For Young Readers
Available as of June 14, 2012
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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
To say that I loved My Life Next Door would be an understatement. This is probably one of the best debuts I've read. Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote an outstanding, thought-provoking book.
After living most of life looking at her neighbors lives from the outside, one catcher her and introduces himself as Jase. Little does Sam know that this summer will be unforgetable. Not just because of him and his family, but because of the tragedy that's about to strike.
Sam, the sweet, caring, and calm girl from next door, has it all. Her mom is a senator with a trust fund getting ready for reelection. She has two jobs, a friend she can lean on, and now a guy who makes her happy.
My Life Next Door was exactly what I thought it would be, a great read. It was funny, sweet, and made the reader think about how they would react if they were in Sam's shoes. I found myself loving Sam, laughing frequently, and turning page after page without noting page numbers or the time. My world ceased to exist. Then the bomb dropped and I hadn't expected it at all. Sam's perfect world shattered and I read more furiously to know how it would end. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Overall, My Life Next Door was an awesome read that left me wanting more. This is one of the best contemporaries I've read.